Split Pea Soup

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It started out a cold rainy morning here in Texas so that means it’s  a good soup day.    I’m sure the fact that I have a ham in the refrigerator and a new bag of split peas in the pantry is also playing a huge part in the deciding on the menu.  So if you have never made split pea soup before you are in for a treat the home cooked version is so good and worth it for so little effort.  Plus one of the bonuses is you have lunch the next day with little effort.

Method:

2  cups dry split peas rinsed and pick over

6  cups chicken broth

1 medium onion chopped

2 nice size carrots sliced

2 stocks of celery sliced

3 medium potatoes (I like the red ones but you could use what ever kind you have on hand)

1 cup ham cubed or 2 slices bacon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 bay leaf

Place a  large pot over medium heat and add the oil. Now add the chopped ham, onion and celery cook until the onions start to turn translucent.  add the carrots, potatoes, peas and broth to the pot simmer over medium to low heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour.  Be sure to stir your soup about half way through the cook time.  After about 45 check peas to see if they are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste if your peas are tender and the broth is to the thickness you like your split pea soup the it’s time to eat.

This soup is great with a pan on corn bread or corn sticks at our house.  Hope this soup is keeps you warm and cosy on a cold wet day.

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